Foreign Minister Emine Çolak received Turkish Ambassador to Nicosia Derya Kanbay in her office.

In the meeting, Foreign Minister Emine Çolak said that they will maintain their shoulder-to-shoulder relationship and co-operation with Turkey as two friendly governments.

Stating that working with the embassy will support them, Çolak emphasized that Turkey has a very special place in their hearts and the tension in Turkey also affects us.

Underlining the fact that there is great hope for a settlement of the Cyprus problem and Turkey has been supporting and encouraging the process, which is very important for them, Çolak pointed out that the Turkish Cypriots not only want Turkey to stand by their side, but also to be able to stand on their own feet, and also to shape a future with the Greek Cypriots.

Underlining the importance of acting in concert with the embassy, Çolak stated that they can have a successful economy, a successful tourism, successful external relations etc. only in this manner.

Also noting that the Ministry has strong ties with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Çolak emphasized that they need help in overcoming the problems they face in external relations due to the isolations and they hope this will continue.

Wishing Foreign Minister Emine Çolak a successful term of office, Ambassador Kanbay stated that they will work in co-operation to establish a base that will give better services to the citizens and support the country’s development.

Pointing out that they will maintain close cooperative ties with the TRNC and strive to build up the institutions, Kanbay stated that they can carry out projects that will rival those of other countries.

Noting that Cyprus has an important geographical position in the Middle East, however, there is no stability on the island, Kanbay underlined the importance of stability, and remarked that there is no place for laxity.

Ambassador Kanbay stated that there are acts of terror in the region therefore the country must be strengthened and thus be able to avoid any danger.

Kanbay also said that they will together establish a base that will give better services to the citizens and the country.

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